Finally! We have the first look of a Bollywood film that took nearly a decade to go on the floors. Yes, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is finally releasing and the first look of the film was release yesterday by Eros International on Twitter.
An 18th century historical drama, the film revolves around the life story of second Peshwa Baji Rao I (1700 – 1740). Here we share some the interesting elements of the film starting from the Star Cast
Ranveer Singh as Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I
In 2003, after the release of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Sanjay Leela Bhansali started planning for his next, Bajirao Mastani, keeping Salman Khan in mind. However, things didn’t work because the director had planned Aishwarya opposite Salman Khan. So, when they officially had a break up, SLB had to drop the whole idea of casting them altogether. Over a decade, several actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn were considered for the role. However, nothing worked out.
Then a decade later, when Ranveer Singh sizzled in SLB’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela, SLB approached him with this historical role, and that’s how Bhansali finally got his Bajirao in 2014 after a decade of struggle in finding the right man.
Ranveer Singh will be seen as a Maratha warrior Bajirao Ballal Bhat, the second Peshwa who ruled for 20 years from 1720 till 1740 until his death. No wonder, from more than a year, Ranveer has been hiding his baldness behind the hat, and now we know why.
Deepika Padukone as Mastani
The first choice for Mastani was Aishwarya Rai as mentioned above and then even Kareena Kapoor was considered for the role. Later, it even seems that Katrina Kaif was approached. Finally, Deepika Padukone was roped in along with Ranveer Singh to play Mastani after the duo sizzled the box office in Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela.
Deepika will be seen playing the gorgeous Mastani. There are various variations of Mastani’s background, let us see what this film has to offer. However, no matter what her initial background was, later she became Bajirao’s second wife.
Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai
When Kareena was approached to play Mastani, Rani Mukherjee was considered for Kashibai. However, things didn’t work and now we have the gorgeous desi girl Priyanka Chopra who will essay the character role of Kashibai.
Kashibai was Bajirao’s first wife. The couple together had two sons – Nanasaheb and Raghunath Rao. Nanasaheb succeeded his father in 1740 after his death.
Tanvi Azmi as Radhabai, Bajirao’s Mother
From Shabana Azmi, Supriya Pathak to Dimple Kapadia, several actress were considered for Bajirao’s mother’s role. However, the ultimate person chosen was Tanvi Azmi. Remember Anupam Kher’s wife in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Darr or Kajol’s mother in Dushman? That’s Tanvi Azmi! She even went bald for the film.
Mahesh Manjrekar and Milind Soman in Pivotal Roles
Mahesh Manjrekar after playing Shivaji will now be seen as his grandson Chhatrapati Shahuji Raje Bhonsle (the Maratha King) in Bajirao Mastani. The film will also mark the comeback of Milind Soman.
The Team, the Budget and Behind the Scene Story
The budget of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnus opus Bajirao Mastani is Rs. 120 crore. A periodic film, it will surely give us a chance to witness the Maratha warfare, art and culture.
No wonder, Sanjay Leela Bhansali even approached Daksha Seth to train the leading actors in Kalaripayattu. It is an ancient Indian marital art. Simultaneously, Deepika was also trained in Kathak, Ranveer in Horse Riding and Ms. Chopra took a 15 day course to learn the Marathi dialect which was spoken during that era.
Watch The Trailer
You can Watch The Official Trailer Here
Bajirao Mastani is all set to release worldwide on 18th December 2015, clashing with Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
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